Moons of the Planets
Know all 203 known moons of all the planets in our solar system? Well here they are! Every so often new moons are discovered for the outer dwarf planets.
☿ Mercury Moons = 0
Mercury is too close to the Sun to hold on to a moon.
♀ Venus Moons = 0
Venus may have had a moon in the distant past, which collided with another object and then impacted Venus.
♁ Earth Moons = 1
Earth has several quasi-satellites - asteroid 2016 HO3 is the closest with the most stable orbit.
♂ Mars Moons = 2
Both moons may be captured asteroids, and can be viewed in most amateur telescopes.
⚳ Dwarf Ceres Moons = 0
Ceres is the only dwarf planet located in the asteroid belt.
♃ Jupiter Moons = 79
Listed in order of size. The first 4 moons listed, the Galilean moons, are viewable with binoculars and any telescope, while Amalthea can be be viewed in larger amateur telescopes.
♄ Saturn Moons = 62
Listed in order of size. The first 7 or 8 moons listed are viewable using a decent-sized telescope. Titan is viewable with binoculars. Saturn also has millions of moonlets embedded in its ring system.
♅ Uranus Moons = 27
Listed in order of size. The first 4 moons can be viewed in larger telescopes.
♆ Neptune Moons = 14
Listed in order of size. Triton is viewable using an 8-inch or larger telescope.
- KUIPER BELT REGION -
♇ Dwarf Pluto Moons = 5
Listed in order of size. Pluto and Charon are considered a binary dwarf planet system and are only visible in large amateur telescopes.
Dwarf Orcus Moons = 1
Dwarf Haumea Moons = 2
Dwarf Quaoar Moons = 1
Dwarf Makemake Moons = 1
Dwarf 2007 OR10 Moons = 1
Dwarf Eris Moons = 1
Dwarf Salacia Moons = 1
- INNER OORT CLOUD REGION -
Planets here are in very elongated orbits that go from the Kuiper Belt out to the inner edge of the Oort Cloud. Several dwarf planets out there are believed to be perturbed by Planet 9, thought to be a mini-Neptune planet at 10X Earth mass. It's existence is highly probable but not yet confirmed.
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